Renata Fernandez. b. 1971, Venezuela. Based in London since 2003.
Renata is an interdisciplinary artist whose artistic expressions cover large format drawing, paintings, installations, immersive pieces and digital works.
All her most recent work in painting, drawing, sculpture and installation derives from reflections on camouflage dating back to 2003 with the Iraq invasion. This opened in her a profound need to explore the genre of landscape.
Renata uses elements of an otherworldly landscape as signifiers to suggest wishes and desires of escapism or the holding of memories while knocking at the door of the collective subconscious. Renata's landscapes are set usually in an otherworldly setting with a static narrative, devoid of people. Her search is for the”Menacing Beauty”: as attractive as uneasy, mesmerising as it is broody that lets us believe there is something intangible behind the foliage that could be distinctly unfriendly.
Renata uses painting as the starting point for many other artistic expressions. She is very invested in hand-intensive process and with her interaction with materials. Renata is drawn to emphasise the inherent materiality of her work, as she is always looking to develop the sculptural possibilities of her art.
Fernandez studied in Caracas Fine Art in the Armando Reveron University Institute (UNEARTE), and Social Sciences, Media and Drama in Universidad Catolica Andres Bello.
CURRENTLY SHOWING at the Royal Scottish Academy Summer Exhibition 195 th Annual Show (April 3rd-May 9th 2021). She showed at Women’s Lockdown Art Exhibition, Zabludowicz Collection, London. With BOS Gallery, Dublin in several group shows during the first lockdown. Was selected for AMALGAMA in its first edition in 2019. Showed in Maddox Arts in Mayfair as part of HER NATURE (2017) among other exhibitions there. Fernandez was selected for the Lynn Painter Stainers Prize 2016 and 2018, Mall Galleries. Her latest solo show was TROPICO CAMUFLADO in the Museo Alejandro Otero, Caracas (2013-14). Her work is in several private collections worldwide.